* Posts by Dave 126

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Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

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Re: For Ed.

>WebOS? The one who killed Palm?

That's not what killed Palm. The only problem with WebOS was that it was too late to arrive.

The 2007 Engadget Open Letter to Palm - written before the Palm Pre and webOS were announced - outlines why people were turning away from them:

We know you're working on a Linux-based mobile OS to succeed Palm OS Garnet -- which was already REALLY showing its age two years ago -- but we're sorta worried that you're going to just port the old UI to a new kernel. It's too late for that.

Like when Apple introduced OS X: it made a serious gamble that the stability and features they were offering in their new OS outweighed the compatibility with older apps and user interface comfort which already existed. They took an old, once great, but very dated OS (sound like anyone we know?) and trashed it. And it worked for them.

If you've demonstrated any true wrongdoing in the way you've sustained your operating system, it's been your inflexibility in cutting ties and moving forward. Believe us when we tell you that's not an attitude embraced by a culture of techno-fetishists -- your core customer. So don't be scared to kill backwards compatibility, or threaten a little bit of what users are used to in order to gain important advances for your OS and devices. Sometimes you have to tear down to rebuild, and honestly, you have a lot to tear down.

So if Palm, which has been around for around 15 years, doesn't have the user interface design and OS engineering expertise to pull this off, then you should just get out of the game right now. Seriously, if this new OS you're going to introduce is just the old Palm OS with some slightly fancier graphics, your customers will just come to resent you all the more. Respect their intelligence.

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Re: Windows 10 has been designed 'together' with the user

>When you hear a notification sound, you have to dig to find out what app the notification came from.

Go to the app in question, say Email. Go to Options. Go to Notifications. Change it to a noise that doesn't sound like a text message.

True, you might think you would just go to the >main phone options and >notifications and manage it from there, but this way makes just as much sense.

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Re: @Davie Dee

I'm with Paul - what you remember is what you remember, and at the time the chief advantage of Win2K was to me was USB support. Previously I had been forced to dual-boot a PC with '98 and NT 4.

Direct X didn't bother me - that was what the PlayStation was for.

Win 2K wasn't without some horrific bugs when it first arrived.... deleting the contents of a ZIP disk and replacing it with a cached copy of the *previous* ZIP disk was one of the stranger ones...

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We're not killing Chrome OS ... not until 2020, anyway – says Google

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Re: Nobody likes change

if I had a chromebook, I'd like ability to run Android apps... no reason they couldn't run in a sandbox on Chromebook-level hardware, is there?

Similarly, there doesnt seem to be any reason that Abdriud devices couldn't run browser-based 'apps' a la Chromebooks.

For sure, there will be some hiccups along the way, but more laptops touchscreens, phones get bigger and people connect BT keyboards....

Seems a degree of convergence is inevitable bigger an

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Yamaha unleashes motorcycling robot

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As the 'robot's voice' in video says: "Rossi, I was built to surpass you, but at the moment I'm not as good as the five year-old you. "

How many times has Rossi crashed in the course of finding out where the limits are? Plenty.

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Re: Under The Skin (2013)

The role of the motorcyclist was played by Jeremy McWilliams, a former MotoGP racer with podium positions to his name.

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Re: Under The Skin (2013)

...and you thought Scarlett Johanssen's character was really a woman? : )

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Under The Skin (2013)

...for an updated robot motorcyclist.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: @AC (the naive one) Works for me

@AndyS

>Is The Reg's readership really sinking to the same level as the Daily Mail?

Don't worry mate. If you have a quick scan of responses and up/down votes on this thread, you'll be able to answer your own question.

Cheers!

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Re: "Yes, go on kiddies, mod me down"

>Ad hominem - the usual response of the those of the left leaning persuation.

Says the person who kicked off this thread with a pre-emptive ad hominem attack ('Go on Kiddies')on anyone who might downvote him!

You couldn't make this up! : )

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Re: Yes, go on kiddies, mod me down.

>You don't think the BBC is after ratings too? Please.

FFS!!

Ratings are not the chief 'selection pressure' on BBC news. Their current affairs output is subject to regular review by the BBC Trust, as well as navel-gazing and viewer feedback... see the Radio 4 Media Show for examples.

The BBC isn't perfect, but it leads to an infinitely better state of affairs than in the US, where Fox and CNN dominate, and a comedy show is considered the most trustworthy news source by many.

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Re: So what?

>"Obviously, you don't care much for democracy."

>>Since when have newpapers ever cared about it? Trial by media is one of their favourite pastimes.

FFS Boltar. You write a strident post about the BBC, then when challenged you use the behaviour of some newspaper to justify your comment.

Hey, we have no problem with you having contrarian views, but you do get a bit slippery when asked to expand upon them. Y'know, not citing sources but demanding them from others, that sort of thing.

And yesterday, you made a tit of yourself by objecting to people being polite. http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2015/10/28/oracle_sparc_m7/#c_2678947

Are you having a bad week?

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How short is your memory?

The BBC does things like dispute the "45 minutes WMD" dodgy dossier that was given as justification for our war in Iraq. And only last week it was confirmed that what we all suspected was true - the Tony Blair was Bush's side even before the House of Commons had debated the issue.

Oh, and the source was found dead.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kelly_(weapons_expert)#Contact_with_Andrew_Gilligan

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We're getting kick-ass at seeing through walls using just Wi-Fi – MIT

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Re: Denim blockers?

>They've got flat arms and heads?

Yes, in relation to the frequencies of RF used. From the MIT paper:

The challenge in using RF to capture a human figure is that not all body parts reflect the signal back to the sensors. Specifically, at frequency ranges that traverse walls, human limb curves act as ideal reflectors; hence, they may deflect the signal away from the sensors rather than back to them. (This is because RF signals that traverse walls have a wavelength of multiple centimeters, which is larger than the surface roughness of human body parts, causing each part to act as a perfect reflector [Beckmann and Spizzichino 1987].)

So, it is the geometry of the body, not the presence of blood vessels etc that this system works on.

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Re: If this system fired ping-pong balls at the subject

>They've got flat arms and heads?

There are flatter, harder parts of the head that are facing the sensor, yes.

The hands show up when they are held facing the camera.

>The image 'hot spots' around blood rich areas like the head and chest,

The head and chest are also thicker than the limbs. Shoes show up well.

>If this system fired ping-pong balls at the subject they'd bounce off the wall. That's the point of the research, it "sees" through walls.

Okay, you took the analogy too far. I was trying to convey the basis around which 'stealth' vehicles are designed... it's about the shape. If you drop a ball onto a flat floor, it will come back to your hand. If you drop a ball onto a curved surface, it will likely bounce away. Legs are Cylindrical, chests and heads present some flat area facing the sensor. Flat, thin hands show up better than thicker rounded arms.

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At least then you can knock-together a receiver that tells you when a police car is outside your house!

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Re: Denim blockers?

>None of the images seems capable of tracking their legs, and they all seem to be wearing jeans.

Legs are curved. The areas of the body this system 'sees' most clearly are flat and head-on to the sensor.

Did you notice that the people in the video all held their hands open, with fingers together and facing the camera? That clinched it for me.

If this system fired ping-pong balls at the subject and counted the ones that came directly back to it, the resulting heatmap wouldn't look too different to this team's images.

Good work!

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Finally, with W10, Microsoft’s device strategy makes sense

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Re: Ergonomics?

>"What the world really needs is a simple, consistent and reliable operating system onto which appropriate interfaces can be grafted to match our hands, eyes and ears to the various new devices that are supposed to enhance our lives."

>>What? Like the Symbian OS?

That sounds like Linux plus your GUI-of-choice paradigm... dunno why you assumed Symbian.

What is harder is getting developers of applications (for Windows, or indeed Linux) to play ball. For example, it's 2015 and Photoshop still doesn't support ultra high resolution displays on Windows (Adobe blame MS, I wish I could knock their metaphoric heads together til they reach a solution).

Apple's history is a bit different - they have always published guidelines for 3rd party application UIs. Indeed, MS Office for OSX still has, gasp, real menus!

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Re: The iPad Pro?

>The iPad Pro, though, has an A9X processor - it runs, therefore, iOS, not OS X, so it can't run real Macintosh software, only tablet and smartphone apps.

It can't run OSX apps, but there is nothing stopping developers from creating 'Pro' applications for it. Indeed, Adobe have been working on some even before the iPad Pro's announcement.

It will find a place in some content creator's workflow.

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Re: Ergonomics?

>Here's an idea: perhaps the basic premise is stupid and wrong?

Maybe. But maybe the truth lies in the middle?

Some of your productivity apps have a place on a tablet - especial things like Photoshop (stylus) for roving photographers, or a slider-heavy work space in Ableton (multi-touch). Indeed, maybe your workspace is spread across a PC monitor and a tablet, as Photoshop and DAW applications already support?

Interesting times.

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Re: @Peter R.1 - This just in

@JustaKOS

This would appear to be what Peter was referring to:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/10/13/microsoft-windows-10-new-upgrade-rules/

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Re: Obvious MS surface ad

The Reg has also reported on Macs, Chromebooks ( and has done so in this very article, FFS!) and today has reported on a possible Linux laptop from Xiaomi.

The nicest thing that this article said about the Surface Book was that "The Surface Book has a decent chance of becoming a successful device in its own right", which is not an unreasonable assessment.

If other laptop vendors follow MS's example - which is the gist of the article - we consumers will have a greater selection to choose from. As it is, most of them only offer 16:9 screens, whereas the Surface Book has 3:2.

You might prefer 16:19, you might prefer 3:2 or 16:10, whatever; choice is good.

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Microsoft's 'Arrow' Android launcher flies into Play store

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Re: Auto adjusting to what the user does often

The devil is in the details....

For example, on a desktop machine I like programs to stay in the same place on the Start Menu. However, it's handy when a program's File Menu presents a list of the most recently saved documents.

The point is, 'Recent Documents...' doesn't replace 'Open', but complements it.

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Flickering screens turn Microsoft Surface Books into Microsoft Surface paperweights

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Re: Maybe the flicker is...

>Microsoft's candle waning and getting close to extinguishing itself. We can only hope.

There is just too much software tied to Windows platforms for that to happen overnight. Those of us thus tied to the platform will continue to be constructively critical of MS decisions where deserved, but also give credit where it is due. Bashing MS for past sharp business practices or whatever isn't too helpful.

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Re: Multipurpose

@g00se

could it be that you are thinking of the existing MS Surface (tablet with attachable keyboard)? I'd expect an Intel i5/i7-powered tablet to radiate more heat than any ARM-powered tablet.

This article is about the newly released Surface Book (laptop with detachable screen).

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Re: Maybe the flicker is...

The Surface Book hardware actually appears to be very good. The full list of weird symptoms users have reported all seem to be software/driver related.

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Re: Discrete GPU

The GPU is offered as an option.

For those of us who do CAD work, it's nice to see a GPU on a laptop of this form factor, especially if one's workflow can benefit from stylus input.

Also, this 3:2 laptop seems to be the only one available, other than Macbooks, that doesn't use a 16:9 screen. If I am wrong about that, please, please supply a link!

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Re: I would have thought it was hardware

>What surprises me is that this is apparently software, I would have thought it is a screen ribbon or something.

For sure. However, other reported symptoms suggest that it is indeed software, for example some owners have videoed the colour temperature changes as they scroll down a website - on both the Book's own screen and a connected monitor. I can't think of a hardware cause for that!

I'm sure that this will be a very compelling product, so it just seems daft that these issues were not dealt with before launch.

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DEFCON 1 to DEFCON GONE: One of NORAD's spy blimps goes missing

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Re: Tracked by F16s?

Their contingency plan was to shoot it down, slower training planes unlikely to be armed. Besides that, the F16s probably have fancier systems for detecting and tracking aircraft.

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Oracle's Larry Ellison claims his Sparc M7 chip is hacker-proof – Errr...

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Re: Ze

Well that's just plain offensive to people with poor comedy French accents!

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Re: Can we ditch the silly political correctness in reg articles

>99.9% of hackers are men. [no source cited]

>>"Most surveys put it at 85% at most." Cite.

Uh, okay. Basic fairness suggests that if you demand a source for a statistic, you do the same for the statistic you use. That's just good manners.

It is moot, though, because any statistic about the male/female make-up of a hidden group is shaky. As it is, how can we know anything about any hacker, sex, shoe-size, real name, whatever? For all we know, 50% of hackers are female, but 85% of the hackers that get caught and prosecuted are male. Unlikely, but, hey, not provable either.

However, we can say with confidence that *some* hackers are female.

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Analogy:

Look at xkcd cartoons. Sometimes the focus of his cartoon is a relationship between a man and a woman - the stick-figure with longer hair is the female, or sometimes a stick-figure is given a beard to denote maleness. The sexes of his figures are central to these cartoons.

Most of the time though, his cartoons are just aboput two physicists, or a doctor and a patient, or whoever. Sometimes he might make a doctor (stick-figure with white coat and clipboard) female (plus long hair) even though it doesn't affect the joke.

So, I guess I'm comparing pro-nouns with cartoon pony tails....

To cite the man himself:

"The role of gender in society is the most complicated thing I’ve ever spent a lot of time learning about, and I’ve spent a lot of time learning about quantum mechanics."

- http://blog.xkcd.com/2010/05/06/sex-and-gender/

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Re: Can we ditch the silly political correctness in reg articles

I used the pronoun 'she' in a Reg comment a few days ago, in reference to a hypothetical inventor in her shed. My logic was that some real inventors are women (no comment about percentages) so it would be no issue if some imaginary inventors were women. The vast majority of the time I use 'he' when writing about an imaginary individual in a context where their sex is irrelevant.

Since women are bright enough to recognise the context for 'he' meaning 'he/she', I then also credit men with the wit to read 'she' as 'he/she' if the context s appropriate.

I think visually, and maybe, after imagining a cluttered workbench in a shed, it wasn't really necessary to imagine the appearance of the shed's occupant. Doc Emmett Brown is great, but after all the coverage of Back to Future day last week I didn't need to give him a another mental cameo this week.

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We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens

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>This is easy to check: buy one, plug it in, vacuum something, check power draw.

Not quite that simple: Bosch happily say that the power draw of their machine increases as its bag fills up. However, the Energy-Rating tests don't test that thoroughly, so are misleading. The issue is with the tests, not with Bosch.

Dyson has probably has the best facilities for testing vacuum cleaners - his competitors' products as well as his own prototypes - so I suspect he is correct about the Bosch product.

However, there is a difference to saying that energy-rating tests are flawed, and saying that your competitor is deceiving people.

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Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery

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Re: What's the point of this?

I guess that once you've got the hang of the kits, you can source your ingredients more cheaply from other sources.

The $500 price tag suggests that the machine is being sold above cost, so there won't be any 'printer ink cartridge / Kuerig cofffee capsule' extortion on the consumables.

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Re: Kuerig for home-brew?

Apparently you can change the recipes yourself. Much like coding, you start by trying examples of other people's code, and then experiment by changing little bits to see what happens. Otherwise you'd just have too many variables to make sense of.

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Re: Have to wonder

Same rule-of-thumb as pubs - if a busy pub is run by a rude miserable landlord, that is a good sign that the beer is well-kept. If the bar is staffed by an exquisitely pretty barmaid, that is a sign that the beer alone might not be good enough to bring the punters in.

Good beer sells itself. If I want to look at nudey pics, I don't need to look at a beer advert (or even buy ten packets of peanuts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_D_(peanuts)#Promotional_displays )

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I had a mate who used a thermostat-controlled 'heat mat' under his fermentation vessel, of the sort sold for keeping pet lizards comfortable in their glass vivaria (empty fish tanks).

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Re: If it's fully automatic ....

"Craft beer" is purely a marketing term. It has no meaning.

Real Ale, by contrast, does have a definition.

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Temperature control during the process is important too, more so with 'pico' batches (surface area to volume ratios scaling as they do)... you might have an area of your house that maintains a roughly constant temperature, or manage temperature by other means.

You are right to highlight hygiene, though. Metal casks are often cleaned/sterilised with high pressure boiling water.

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Xiaomi preps Linux laptops for the post Christmas sales rush

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Xiaomi are now a shareholder in Segway, and it looks like a smaller and far cheaper Segway might be coming to Europe:

http://www.ninebot-france.com/boutique/gyropode/ninebot-mini/#

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Brit boffins build 'tractor beam' out of sound

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Re: Maybe a Rediscovery?

Sounds a bit Erich von Däniken or Robert Anton Wilson to me! : )

But yeah, potential medical treatments and new methods of chemical preparation are more positive than crowd control.

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Re: Spain, Bristol AND Sussex

A.M. [Pamplona .ac] and B.W.D. [Bristol .ac] designed, developed and implemented the algorithms and simulations; A.M. and S.A.S. [Bristol .co] measured the acoustic slices; A.M [Pamplona .ac] and D.R.S. [Sussex .ac] measured the spring constants; A.M. [Pamplona .ac] conducted the rest of the experiments and wrote the paper; all the authors contributed to the discussion and edited the manuscript.

tl;dr Pamplona and Bristol created the algorithms, Sussex helped measure them.

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Re: Of course, in my early work in this area...

Isn't that more rapid bouncing than actual levitation? : )

(For some reason this reminded me of the 1997 party political broadcasts in support of the Natural Law Party, featuring Yogic Flying)

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Qualcomm proposes brain implants for IP cameras

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Re: SCORPION STARE

You're right - drone guns coming soon. Maybe some use for shooting rabbits (not people) if you are a pest-controller.

Reminded me of this starfish-hunting robot being trailed on Australian coral reefs: http://news.discovery.com/tech/robotics/starfish-killing-robot-to-rescue-great-barrier-reef-150903.htm

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Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges

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Aw great, now hobbyists are just going to develop bullet-proof/tolerant drones.... what could possibly go wrong? (only half joking!)

A compound drone composed of many smaller rotors, batteries and lots of small cameras (liike an insect's 'eye') might toleratre a direct hit if it could detach damaged componts. Like a swarm of bees.

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Re: Bullit County

>Especially if this earlier footage contained the marksman's daughters.

For sure. Curiously, the article didn't note if any evidence of deliberate spying was presented in court, only that "Merideth *thought* the quadcopter was spying on his daughters in their yard". (my emphasis)

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Work from home when the next big Windows 10 installation arrives

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Re: Even happier I chose a PS4

I didn't say it was okay, but since the cause was a race to market combined with legislation forcing the use of poorly understood lead-free solder, I don't attribute it to malevolence on MS's part.

The disc scratch issue was not good, and I was unimpressed by MS's response, especially since it came at a timethey were insisting users had no legitimate reason to back-up their media.

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Re: Nothing to see here, move along

Guys, adnim was joking.

admin, make that clearer next time!

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Re: Morons.

SteamOS on XBOX360? Hahaha!

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